Ex-Liverpool Defender Hails ‘Complete’ Firmino
Former Liverpool left-back Fabio Aurelio has paid tribute to the impact of Roberto Firmino for the Reds this season. The Brazilian scored 11 goals in the Premier League and formed a lethal partnership with Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane.
Firmino was deployed as a false 9 and formed a large part of the reason that Liverpool qualified for the Champions League, Firmino showed what he could do last season, in an important role in the team,” Aurelio told the Liverpool website.
“He can do amazing things with the ball; some of the dribbles he did last season, nobody would have expected to be done, and some goals.
“He is not only a scorer but he also creates chances for his teammates. Coutinho and Firmino know each other well. From what I could watch last season, they understand very well what the coach asks of them.
“You see the team and it’s not only two or three players, the whole team has a very good mentality, they were strong physically, they were very strong in moments when they didn’t have key players.
“That’s important in competitions like the Premier League, where you have to be very consistent across the whole season. If Liverpool can keep those important players and add a few more, they will have a great chance.”